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Poster: AltheaRose Date: Jun 12, 2012 1:15am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: so true... maybe for some

So true for the Beatles, I guess. (True, anyway, in the sense that it came to pass that way, so it's hard to imagine anything else, and painful to imagine disco-paunch Beatles.)

Fortunately that's not what happened to the GD, or I guess if it's "seven years," that would mean ... when? OK, let's do a comparison.

For the Beatles, I guess the best date would be to count from Ringo joining in August '62 and then go until April '70, when McCartney left. (I'm cheating and looking this up, so feel free to correct my Wikipedia-fed dates.) That ways the "seven years" is really four months shy of eight years.

The equivalent for the GD, counting from Phil's first gig with them (6/18/65) would take us to Feb 73. Counting from the name change would take us to Aug 73.

I think the only person who might be happy with that would be WT :-)

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Poster: RBNW....new and improved! Date: Jun 12, 2012 1:37am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: so true... maybe for some

I guess in reference to GD, I think it would've been in their best to quit at least 10 minutes before performing Baba O'reilly or maybe even sooner!

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Poster: snow_and_rain Date: Jun 12, 2012 4:28am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: so true... maybe for some

Ha! I actually think that was a reasonably good cover and Vince tune.

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Poster: AltheaRose Date: Jun 12, 2012 2:19am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: so true... maybe for some

LOL! That's a reasonable benchmark.

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Poster: unclejohn52 Date: Jun 12, 2012 5:45am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: so true... maybe for some

My opinion - the first few years were just formative experimentation, finding their sound and style... so 1968 is the real flowering of the GD. I'd also be more generous with the time period, say 10 years - from 1968 to 1977, as an equivalent to the Beatles' 8 years. I'd be perfectly happy if they stopped about then... what followed after that was just more exposition, variations on the theme if you will, with the inclusion of one smash hit and some top-grossing touring years.

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